The picture above is before . . .
My decision to buy an ST1100 was a logical one. Having owned a few other big bikes from Honda, Yamaha, Triumph and BMW, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted, but no manufacturer produced such a bike. It had to be un-faired, have good acceleration for overtaking, be smooth, comfortable, reliable, low-maintenance, have a seat low enough for my shortish legs, be easy to balance and not too heavy. I wanted a multi-cylinder engine, about 100 BHP, shaft drive and an under-seat fuel tank for a low centre of gravity. A Pan European seemed to fit most of the criteria, but they had lots of plastic bodywork and a rather dull image.
Many years previously, I’d seen a Pan-European-based trike at a custom show. There was no fairing and the V4 engine had been made a feature. I thought it looked great, and though I wouldn’t want a trike, the idea of a naked Pan seized my imagination
The first re- incarnation of my Pan, in 2009, was like this – concentrating more on mechanical repair than aesthetics:
I later cut down the lower side panels, made some side-pods to complete the ‘dummy tank’ and had a go at home-made fly-screen. Not a great improvement in looks!
The last update before I decided on a more radical rebuild involved a modified Triumph Tiger front panel. Here it is in 2011.
By the end of 2011 the bike had 70,000 miles on the clock, 10,000 of which it had done as a naked bike with me. The need for a new seat was becoming urgent and I wanted a radical new look – lighter and more compact, looking like it had been designed and not just lost a few panels. I probably wouldn’t have started if I’d known it would still not be finished as 2016 dawned. By then I was getting impatient to get it back on the road, and took every opportunity presented by the weather to finish off painting the new and modified panels. By the end of April they were done (with a few blemishes remaining).